Winter weather can have a big impact on your energy bills, hitting your pockets a little harder than you would like. Now that spring is just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to tackle a few do-it-yourself efficiency projects for your home. Here are three easy DIY projects that will help you save.
Make the Most of Your Water Heater
Insulating a water heater that is warm to the touch can save 7 to 16 percent annually on water heating bills. If your water heater is new, it is likely already insulated. However if your water heater is warm to the touch, it needs additional insulation.
Pre-cut jackets or blankets can be bought from most hardware stores for around $20, and are easy to install. Turn off the water heater before installing the blanket. Remember that electric water heaters should not be set above 130 degrees, as that can cause overheating.
Seal Air Leaks With Caulk
The average American family spends $2,000 annually on energy bills, much of which is wasted through air leaks in the home. Applying caulk around windows, doors, electrical wiring and plumbing can save energy and money. The most popular choice for caulking is silicone because it is waterproof, flexible, and won’t shrink or crack.
Before applying new caulk, clean and remove any old caulk or paint with a putty knife, screwdriver, brush or solvent. The area should be dry before you apply the new caulk.
Weatherstrip Exterior Doors
Adding weatherstripping to exterior doors is a great way to keep out drafts and control energy costs. Weatherstripping materials vary, so make sure the material you choose can withstand temperature changes, friction and the general wear and tear for the location of the door. Keep in mind you will need separate materials for the door sweep (at the bottom of the door) and the top and sides.
By completing these simple efficiency projects, you can save energy and money while increasing the comfort level of your home. Impressing your family and friends with your savvy energy-saving skills is a bonus!